Get to Know About Cat Hairball Symptoms

November 26, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - General, Health

Hairballs are cat furs formed inside the stomach when the cat tries to digest her own furs. Cats often develop hairball problem during the shedding season. If the cat keeps on shedding, it will have a high risk of swallowing the hair that drop on the ground resulting in eating some of it too. The hairball affects the digestion of the stomach and prevents the stomach juices from breaking down.

Although cat hairball symptoms are not of serious problem, there should be a trip to your vet’s office if your cat vomits profusely at least thrice weekly.

The cat hairball symptoms include appetite loss, vomiting and coughing. The hairball that is stuck in the throat caused the cat to keep on coughing, as if she wants to get rid of something from her mouth. One of the most common cat hairball symptoms include cat vomiting out the hairball. If the cat manages to vomit out the hairball, she will recover back to normal condition again.

Other cat hairball symptoms include weight loss, frequent diarrhoea and consistent retching or hacking that does not result in a hairball.

In severe cases, the stomach of the cat will bulge and look swollen. It feels hard when you touch the stomach. The hard part is the furs accidentally swallowed into the stomach.

Cats that do not defecate may suffer with hairball problem. Such hairballs block the channel where the faeces are to move out from the body. The blockades cause the cat unable to defecate. Cats that do not defecate suffer from serious disease because the body is unable to clear way the toxin. You will know if the cat is not defecating properly by observing the litter box. A clean litter box means that the cat has not been defecating.

The cat can suffer from a serious asthma attack if she is unable to cough out the hairball. An immediate step advised is to seek the attention of an experience veterinary doctor, if you find your cat is in exasperation or coughing for several days continuously. The veterinary doctor will perform a full body check to determine the cause of the condition. If the hairball causes intestinal blockade, the next best thing is to put your cat under surgeons glove, which is very costly affair for the owner and also dangerous to your cat. Hence it is advisable to go for prevention of occurrence of hairball among cats.

How to deal with cat hairballs?

August 02, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Do you know your cats are prone for hairballs? Yes!!! Normally your cat grooms her/his hair to remove dead hairs from its body. While doing so, the loose hair passes through the gastrointestinal tract and comes out in the feces.

In general, carnivores, alimentary canal is designed to digest or sending them as such in the scat as they will fed on other animals with fur. Due to breeding of different cats, there is possibility of development of long-haired cat breeds. When these breeds groom and collect the hairs in the stomach rather than passing out in the gut, they form hairballs, which irritate stomach lining and formation of hairballs, which is otherwise called as “trichobezoar”.

Symptoms of hairballs

  • Frequent vomiting
  • Vomitus contains hairball

Prevention

  • Frequent combing with fine toothed flea comb
  • The cats will self-medicate by consuming grass to initiate vomiting in order to expel hairball

Differential Diagnosis

Feline asthma, Hepatitis

Treatment

  • Including  high fibre diet
  • Administering lubricant to push the thing in correct direction
  • Giving Nux vomica to propel the difficult hairball in vomitus
  • Petroleum Jelly – The molecules of Jelly I high enough o get absorbed in the system. So they will pass as such to remove the formed hairballs

Cat Vomiting – Things to Know…

January 05, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

It is often possible to understand your cat’s problem by noticing how and when he or she vomits. When the cats starts to vomit as a care taker ensure you pay attention to your cat. Note whether he or she vomits occasionally or if it is repeated, whether it is sporadic or persistent. How soon after eating does it occur? Is it projectile? Inspect the vomitus for blood, fecal material, and any foreign objects.

The most common cause of vomiting could be swallowed hair or some other indigestible foreign material, such as grass, that is irritating in the stomach. Most cats experience this at one time or another. There could be intestinal parasites that may also cause stomach irritation. Other common causes are overeating or eating too fast. When kitty eat their food and exercise immediately thereafter, they are likely to vomit. This kind of vomiting is not at all serious illness. It may be the result of feeding several kittens from a single pan, which encourages rapid eating. Separating kittens or feeding smaller meals often eliminates this problem.

When the cat vomits off and on over a period of days or weeks, there is no relationship to meals. The appetite is poor. The cat has a haggard look and appears very weak. Suspicious liver or kidney illness such as chronic gastritis, irritable bowel disease, hairballs, and a heavy worm infestation could be possible. A foreign body in the stomach is another possibility. It’s better to fix an appointment with a pet clinic immediately.

There are few home remedies for vomiting cats. Vomiting cats can rapidly become dehydrated as they lose body fluids and electrolytes. If vomiting is combined with diarrhea, consult your veterinarian immediately.